35 Trinamool Congress Supporters Injured In Bus Accident After Kolkata Mega Rally


The police said the driver of the bus fled soon after the accident. (Representational)

Kolkata: 

Around 35 Trinamool Congress (TMC) supporters were injured when a bus carrying them overturned in Howrah district today in the evening, the police said.

The TMC supporters were returning from the United India Rally organised by Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata today when the accident happened.

The driver lost control of the vehicle and the bus overturned as a result, the police said.

The trapped passengers were rescued by locals and the injured were taken to a nearby hospital.

The driver of the bus fled soon after the accident.

The passengers were treated at the hospital and discharged, the police said.





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Woman’s Head Severed After Leaning Out Of Bus To Vomit In Madhya Pradesh


Police said the body was handed to her family members after post-mortem. (Representational)

Panna: 

The head of a 56-year-old woman was smashed and severed after hitting an electric pole when she leaned out of the window of a rashly-driven bus to vomit in Madhya Pradesh on Friday, the police said.

The incident took place near Diamond crossing and the victim was identified as Asha Rani, who was travelling from Satna district to Panna district, they said.

Asha Rani leaned out of the bus window to vomit when her head hit the electric pole.

The impact was so massive that her head got severed and tumbled on the road, Kotwali police station inspector Arvind Kujur told PTI over phone.

“We have arrested the bus driver for rash driving and impounded the vehicle,” Mr Kujur said, adding investigations are on.

The body was handed to her family members after post-mortem, the police inspector said.

The deceased hailed from the adjoining Chhatapur district, the officer said.





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Mumbai’s Bus Strike Enters Day 4 As Uddhav Thackeray’s Mediation Fails


BEST employees are demanding better wages and working terms along with the merger of BEST and BMC budgets

Mumbai: 

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s seven-hour meeting has failed to resolve the BEST strike in Mumbai which has entered its fourth day on Friday. Mr Thackeray held meetings on Friday as well to try and end what is now the longest ever bus strike in the city.

Commuting problems of around 25 lakh Mumbai residents continued on Friday. More than 3,000 Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) buses won’t run as the unions have dug their heels in and refused to budge.

The impact of the strike is being felt at several railway stations where BEST operates feeder services. Share taxis and autos are however filling in at several places for the missing buses that are a regular feature on Mumbai’s roads. BEST is the largest transport provider in the city after the suburban trains that run from the city’s north to south.

BEST employees are demanding better wages and working terms along with the merger of BEST and BMC budgets as the loss-making entity struggles with its finances with a debt of around Rs. 2,000 crore. Employees say the management is not interested in running the operations efficiently and want to sell out to private operators. The proposal to merge the BEST and BMC, one of the richest municipal bodies in Asia, is yet to be cleared by the state government and this remains a sticking point between the unions and BEST management.

Meanwhile, the unions have said that BEST hasn’t even bothered to recover around Rs 320 crore as redevelopment rights fee. Eight years ago the undertaking had allowed builders to construct residential and commercial structures at bus depots in premium locations for a redevelopment fee. BEST officials say the amount has been disputed by the real estate firms and that has caused delay in payments due to the undertaking.

A PIL has been filed in the Bombay High Court on Thursday seeking directions to BEST workers to end the strike and return to work so that operations can resume.

The government has also threatened to invoke the Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act of 2017. This law allows the government to take coercive steps to end strikes to maintain essential services like transport. Eviction notices have been issued to the staff and residential quarters of the employees.





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Meghalaya Citizenship Bill Protesters Attack Odisha Mine Rescuers’ Bus


15 miners are trapped for almost a month inside the illegal coal mine filled with water in Meghalaya

Shillong: 

A bus carrying a team of rescuers from Odisha, headed to aid the operations to trace 15 miners trapped in a rat-hole coal mine in Meghalaya, was attacked in East Jaintia Hills district allegedly by people protesting against the citizenship bill, police said on Friday.

District Superintendent of Police Sylvester Nongtynger said while there were no injuries to any personnel when the bus was targeted on Thursday night on the National Highway in the Khasi-Jaintia Hills region, the vehicle was partially damaged.

Protests have been reported from several places in the northeast region against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that seeks to accord Indian citizenship on non-Muslims from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

On Thursday night, a group of 14 Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) sponsored a night blockade on highways and hence traffic movement on the National Highway was disrupted, police said.

The police escorted the vehicle after the attack, they said.

On Friday too, several groups of citizens staged protest against the Bill and burnt effigies depicting the proposed legislation and the BJP.

As many as 15 miners are trapped for almost a month inside the illegal coal mine filled with water in Meghalaya.

Even as a multi-agency effort to rescue them is underway, the Supreme Court is hearing a PIL in the matter for urgent action.

The centre on Friday told the Supreme Court it has to “believe in miracles” and see if the miners come out alive.

The court told the Centre’s counsel, “There is no dispute that you are making efforts. Whether they (miners) are alive today, we do not know. May be somebody is alive there. You have to take them out.”

A senior police officer in Meghalaya said the flow of traffic along the national highways was affected and there were reports of stone throwing on vehicles in West Khasi Hills, East Jaintia Hills and in Ri-Bhoi districts as well.

Some groups in the Garo Hills region continued their protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill by observing a black flag day across the region.





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Mumbai Bus Strike Enters Fourth Day, High Court To Hear Plea Today


Over 32,000 BEST employees went on an indefinite strike on Tuesday. (File)

Mumbai: 

The BEST bus strike in Mumbai today entered the fourth day with a stalemate prevailing between striking workers and the management of the civic-run transport undertaking.

Lakhs of commuters were inconvenienced with autorickshaws, taxis and private transport buses pressed into service proving inadequate to take on the passenger load catered to by the BEST buses on a daily basis.

All eyes are now on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed against the bus strike in the Bombay High Court. The court is scheduled to hear the PIL today.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, whose party controls the BMC, the parent body of BEST, on Thursday held several rounds of talks with BEST union leaders in the presence of Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta and BEST general manager Surendra Kumar but could not break the deadlock.

With the 3,200-odd bus fleet of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) off the roads, both Western and Central Railways ran extra services and several MSRTC buses were also deployed in the metropolis, said officials.

Over 32,000 BEST employees went on an indefinite strike on Tuesday over various demands, including higher salaries and merger of the BEST and BMC budgets.

The state government has already invoked the stringent Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act (MESMA) against the striking BEST employees but the move has not been able to force workers to call off their strike.

Workers, meanwhile, said they are yet to get salaries for the month of December despite it being ten days into the new year.

Rajaram Satpute, a daily commuter from Kurla to Mahul, said, “I have been living in Mumbai for the past 40 years and I have never seen such a long BEST strike.”

“I want to ask the chief minister (Devendra Fadnavis) what he is doing in Uttar Pradesh. This is the time when he should be in Mumbai,” he said.





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Ministry Says, Egypt Forces Kill 40 “Terrorists” After Giza Bus Attack


A roadside bomb blast took place near the Giza pyramids.

Cairo: 

Egyptian police killed 40 “terrorists” in separate raids early Saturday, a day after a roadside bomb near the Giza pyramids killed three Vietnamese tourists and their guide, the interior ministry said.

Two raids in the Giza governorate killed 30 “terrorists”, while the remaining 10 were killed in the restive North Sinai, the ministry said in a statement.

It said authorities acted after receiving information the suspects were preparing a series of attacks against state and tourist institutions and churches. 

 

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)





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Delhi Government Starts Trials Of Olectra-BYD eBuzz K9 Electric Bus To Combat Pollution


The 12-metre Olectra-BYD eBuzz K9 electric bus will be plying on Delhi roads for the next three months, giving the authorities an opportunity to evaluate the efficiency and competency of the buses.




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The Olectra-BYD eBuzz K9 electric bus has a range of 300 km on a single charge

The air quality in Delhi-NCR has been at its worst over the past week and the state government is taking dramatic steps to curb the deteriorating air pollution. In a positive step towards the same direction, the Delhi government has initiated the trials of zero-emission and noise-free electric buses in the capital today. Olectra-BYD’s 12-metre electric bus – eBuzz K9 will be used for the trials, which has a seating capacity of 35, along with the driver. The made-in-India electric bus will be plying on the roads of Delhi for the next three months, and will give the authorities an opportunity to evaluate the efficiency and competency of these buses in the standard road conditions of the national capital. The Delhi government aims to induct electric buses in the public transportation system, as it promotes the use of electric vehicles.

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Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot flags off eBuzz K9 electric bus for trials in Delhi

On flagging off of the electric buses, Olectra Greentech Limited – Executive Director, N. Naga Satyam said, “As a part of our commitment to contribute to the efforts of ensuring a healthy environment to the public, these Delhi trials is yet another step towards the conversion of fossil fueled vehicles to a zero-emission transport option. Olectra BYD buses are proven successful in all the terrains across the country. Olectra-BYD is the only player in India which has its electric buses commercially running in four states and we aim to continue our leadership in the eBus segment.”

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The eBuzz K9 uses a formidable Lithium-ion Iron Phosphate battery that offers a range of 300 km on a single charge. The buses are designed and manufactured under Olectra-BYD, under a tie-up between Greentech Ltd and China’s BYD Auto Industry Co. Ltd. At present, Olectra-BYD’s electric buses are already running in Himachal Pradesh, Mumbai, Telangana and Kerala. The company says that the electric buses have completed over 500,000 km on Indian roads and have helped reduce CO2 emissions up to 524 tonnes, which would otherwise require 2619 trees to do the same.

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5 Killed In China As Hijacked Bus Crashes Into Pedestrians: Report


The incident took place in east China’s Fujian province on Tuesday afternoon (Representational)

Five people were killed and 21 injured after a hijacked bus crashed into pedestrians in east China’s Fujian province on Tuesday afternoon, state media reported.

A hijacker carrying a knife had been detained and was being investigated by local police, state television CGTN reported.

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Watch: “I Stay In Bus, Don’t Have House,” MS Dhoni Tells A Young Fan


Watch: "I Stay In Bus, Don

MS Dhoni, former Indian captain, has interacted with fans of different age groups. © Instagram.


MS Dhoni, former Indian captain, has interacted with fans of different age groups whenever he gets an opportunity off the field. In a video which went viral on social media, the 37-year-old MS Dhoni was seen interacting with a young fan. The 2011 World Cup winning captain, who is not a part of the national team for the ongoing series against Australia, told the kid that he stays in the bus and doesn’t have a house to live. However, the Ranchi-based Dhoni later went on to say that he stays very far in a playful manner.


Not only in India, Dhoni gathers huge fan following all over the world. In the previous editions of the IPL, one of the Dhoni fan had painted his body with yellow colour to pay tribute to the CSK skipper.

Recently in another surprising move, a fan in Los Angeles got a “MS Dhoni” number plate on his car.

Chennai Super Kings were left amazed with the fan’s move and tweeted, “Aaah, so the legendary Soppanasundhari is now in LA!”

The 37-year-old Dhoni has helped Chennai Super Kings clinch the IPL title thrice. He also helped the outfit clinch two Champions League T20 titles — 2010, 2014.

Dhoni will continue leading Chennai in the forthcoming edition of the lucrative T20 league.

Chennai had earlier roped in Mohit Sharma and RutuRaj Gaikwad from the IPL 2019 auctions.

Haryana-based medium-pacer Mohit was bought for Rs 5 crore while Gaikwad was was lapped up for Rs 20 lakh.






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